Changing gears here away from offensive linemen to the top crop of CBs in this year's draft. There was some interesting discussion about whether or not the Steelers should draft a CB on Day 1 with the intention of letting Bryant McFadden walk at the end of the 2008 season. I think most of us agreed that we should not, but it's worth taking a look at some of the more coveted CBs in this year's draft..just in case.
Let's start with Leodis McKelvin, CB and return-man extraordinare, from Troy. McKelvin posted the 7th best 40 time at the Combine with his 4.38. An All-American his senior year, McKelvin registered 60 tackles, forced three fumbles, had two INTs, and broke up nine passes. Scouts say he isn't the best ball-hawk in the draft, but his overall skills as a CB are legit. His wiry frame should allow him to put on 5-10 pounds without compromising his stand-out quickness and speed, something that will be necessary as he adjusts to making plays in the running game in the far more physical and demanding professional game.
McKelvin's true value however, rests in his abilities as a punt and kickoff returner. His 8 total returns (7 punts, 1 kickoff) ties an NCAA record, and his total return yards of 3,817 snapped Deltha O'Neal's previous best mark of 3,455 yards.
On his NFL.com scouting report, McKelvin is compared to: